Motorola Razr i Camera
The Razr i features both a front-facing camera and a rear 8-megapixel camera for picture taking. The front facing camera makes the phone great for video calling and making use of apps like Skype available on the Android Market (which now hosts over 600,000 apps). The camera can be launched from the lock-screen, or by pressing the dedicated camera button. Motorola has improved the standard Android camera app, giving the Razr i some great features. Modes include burst mode, which captures 10 shots in quick succession and HDR mode both of which perform well in most conditions.
In general the camera performs well, giving balanced pictures that are crisp in good light conditions. Although not as good as the camera on either the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Razr i competes well with phones in a similar price range.
Motorola Razr i Battery Life
An issue faced by many smartphone users, especially Android users, is battery life. With more and more powerful phones and apps constantly running and updating, many find their battery simply draining away. With the Razr i, Motorola have emphasised their efforts to improve the battery. The phone is said by Motorola to achieve 20-hours with normal. During testing Motorola’s efforts definitely showed, the 2000mAH battery easily outlasted the much more power hungry Galaxy S3, and is also shown to outlast both the HTC One X and the similarly priced One S. With this performance the Razr i battery should comfortably last your through a normal day of use.
Motorola Razr i Connectivity
When testing the WiFi on the phone, the Razr i did have some issues picking up signal from my home WiFi connection, whereas my Galaxy S3 had full signal in the same room. I also had trouble connecting to a secure WiFi connection like those you may find in schools or large offices. However once connected, the Razr I worked well for browsing even outperforming the Galaxy S3 in terms of loading speed for several websites.
The GSM connection for the Razr I was faultless, with call quality being very good throughout all the tests carried out. Even in areas of low signal quality the Razr i coped well and call quality was maintained.
Motorola Razr i Verdict
Motorola has designed a smartphones that competes well in many areas, however it also lacks the quality of its rivals in many areas too. The design was a plus point for me; with the unique Kevlar back and solid feel in general. The 4.3-inch display is also very impressive for a handset of this size.
However the camera ability of the handset is very average and although taking pictures is quick the quality of the shots were never inspiring. The user interface was also good, but until the Android Jellybean update arrives, it will lack features held by other Android devices on the market with Jellybean. Issues of compatibility may also trouble many, with users not being able to install their favourite apps because of the lack of support for the Intel chipset.
In comparison to the similarly priced alternatives the handset stacks up well, however the HTC One S has an improved camera and does not suffer the same compatibility issues. In conclusion I would recommend spending a bit more and going for a high-end android device like the Galaxy S3 or HTC One X for a great user experience as Motorola has yet to perfect the Razr line of smartphones.
Official rating: 7.5 out of 10